Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis veteran Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) again put world No. 1 Naomi Osaka to the test but faded in the decisive third set in their third-round match at the 2019 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Hsieh, ranked 30th in the world, fell 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-2 in a match that lasted 2 hours and 29 minutes, and after being ousted from the singles draw she pulled out of the doubles draw, citing fatigue and the need to prepare for the U.S. Open, which starts on Aug. 26.
Hsieh entered the match with only a 1-3 lifetime record against Osaka, but the two had split their two previous matches this year on hardcourts, the same surface as in Cincinnati.
In both of those matches, a loss at the Australian Open and a win at the Miami Open, Hsieh drove the young Japanese to distraction with her changes of pace and unpredictable placement of the ball.
Osaka seemed in a better frame in mind in Thursday's match, but Hsieh again stuck with her more powerful opponent and had a chance to serve out the first set at 5-4 only to falter, and Osaka closed out the set by clinching the tiebreaker a few games later.
Hsieh responded in the second set with a late break to even the match. In the third set, however, the Taiwanese lost her edge after failing to convert on any of four break points she had in Osaka's first service game, and fell to defeat.
Hsieh was also entered in the doubles with Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic, with whom she won the women's doubles at Wimbledon in July. The duo had reached the quarterfinals, but Hsieh decided to pull out ahead of the final Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open.